Supporting Girls in STEM


“STEM it like a girl” is a program that promotes careers (professions) in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field with the focus on STEM education and career for young girls and women.

The program aims to reduce the gap in education of young women and men, reduce the professional segregation of women in low-paid occupations and professions with low opportunities for advancement, and reduce the stereotypical division of “male” and “female” occupations. This will reduce gender differences in the labor market (activity, employment and wages) and women will have a greater role in economic development and greater economic independence.

The approach that this program has includes several components, as follows:

Public campaign for promotion of STEM careers

Through motivational speeches and sharing of their own experiences by women (from the country, the region and the diaspora) who have successful careers in some of the areas in STEM.

Through these activities, we will encourage young girls to make a choice for further education and career in STEM.

Practical training

Within this component we will provide practical training in top Macedonian companies that are our partners in the implementation of our other regular activities.

Research on the main barriers

Identification of the obstacles and challenges that girls face for enrollment and career development in the STEM field. Barriers are divided into three areas: family, education, and the wider environment. This component will be based on data analysis and a school questionnaire. Most of the activities are aimed at young girls aged 13-18 (primary and secondary education), a period that is crucial in guiding and encouraging students in choosing further education and career.

Based on the findings of the research, measures and recommendations for public policies to reduce the main barriers to all relevant stakeholders in our country and the region will be developed and proposed.

The main beneficiaries of the program are young women from primary education, secondary education and college.

Expected results of the project are:

Increasing the number of potential students in higher education institutions in STEM;


Raising the awareness of young girls about STEM careers;


Reducing and stopping the brain drain;


Building professionals of high demand with skills and experience.



I used to, before this lecture, think that I should go to high school with my friends. After this lecture, I understood that I should follow my feelings and choose what I want, not the choice of my parents or friends”.

- Student from Macedonia

I’m thinking about getting a higher education”.

- Student from Macedonia

This lecture gave me the strength not to give up on what I want to do, not to listen to negative comments from others, and that I should not compare myself to others if I want to succeed”.

- Student from Macedonia

I did not expect that I would like the lecture. I love hearing stories of successful women because they inspire me to do what I love. The biggest impression on me was the question “Who if not me?”.

- Student from Macedonia

This lecture inspired me to further develop a profession in STEM and to never give up on my dreams.

- Student from Macedonia

At first, I thought it would just be a lecture about choosing STEM, but then I was surprised by the level of self-confidence they instigated. I learned that I should never give up on my dreams. I was surprised by the approach of the women that gave us the lecture and the positive atmosphere.

- Student from Macedonia

Honestly, I really liked the lecture. I am certain that I want to go to a VET school – mechanical technician, but there is a lot of prejudice about that. Now I know, I just need to persevere.

- Student from Macedonia

This lecture opened new horizons for me. So far, I have perceived STEM quite differently. Thank you for the lecture, I really enjoyed it. I feel motivated to do whatever I want.

- Student from Macedonia

The lecture was great. In the future, I want to pursue a STEM career, but I didn’t think I could because it’s more of a job for boys. I was surprised by the support provided, that I can do STEM as well when I grow up.

- Student from Serbia

I enjoyed the lecture. I was surprised by how many women are in STEM. Before the lecture, I used to think that there were much fewer.

- Student from Serbia